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How to configure DNS on 2 servers in the same Windows domain in separate offices connected by a VPN link

Posted on 2008-10-08
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I support a small business that has 2 offices located in 2 different metro areas.  Each office is connected to the Internet via DSL; Office A has a static IP address assigned and Office B has a dynamic IP address.  I have created a VPN link which is up and active.  Each office has a Domain Controller server and I would like to have DNS running on each also.  Office A uses a private IP block of 192.168.0.x and Office B uses a block of 192.168.2.x.  I would like information on the correct way to setup DNS so that the two separate offices can communicate as though they're one private network and that the Domain Controllers will replicate with each other.
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by:flyingsky
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I think best way to setup DNS integrated in your AD.
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by:Chris Dent
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I agree.

Configuring both on the same domain will make it appropriate to use the Windows DNS service on both sites. The zone / domain data will replicate between the two Domain Controllers, all you have to do is ensure all the clients (and servers) refer to those DNS servers.

You should configure AD Sites and Services as well to ensure that clients authenticate against their local DC rather than trying to log on across the VPN.

Chris
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I am looking for more specific details as to the configuration of each server - DNS, Active Directory, etc.
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I followed the knowledge base article submitted by flyingsky and resolved my problem
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